New Year's Day media watch: Lambert on Villa stature
Daily Star: Paul Lambert insists Aston Villa's stature as a club will help him bring in the players he needs to drag them out of the relegation mire.
Daily Express: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert had a second meeting in 72 hours with owner Randy Lerner yesterday to try to solve the club's relegation crisis. Lambert had met Lerner, who is in Birmingham on a rare trip from the USA, on Friday and talks that also included chief executive Paul Faulkner have continued.
Independent: Paul Lambert takes his listing Aston Villa team to Swansea on Tuesday reinforced by the unconditional backing of the club's American owner, Randy Lerner. There is money to spend in the January transfer window, should Lambert find the player of his dreams, and more importantly there is faith in the path the manager is pursuing.
The Sun: Owner Randy Lerner plans a January spending spree to halt Villa's slide towards relegation. Boss Paul Lambert held crisis talks with American Lerner before and after Saturday's 3-0 battering by Wigan at Villa Park. Lambert was given £23m to spend in the summer and will now bring in more new faces as well as using the loan market.
Wales Online: If Paul Lambert could pick one fixture to follow the wretched run of results his Aston Villa side have suffered of late, you could safely assume facing Swansea City would be it. Whether in claret and blue or canary yellow, the former Norwich boss has held an Indian sign over the Swans. It is more than just the four wins from the last five fixtures, but the manner in which he has seemingly had the knack of getting his men to muscle Swansea off their stride and antagonise their way to victory. To frustrate is to succeed, the motto.
Wales Online: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert will continue to put the accent mainly on youth as he challenged his players to bounce back from the "hurt" of three successive heavy defeats at Swansea today. Villa have conceded 15 goals in losing to Chelsea, Tottenham and Wigan and are only one point above the Barclays Premier League bottom three. He would welcome the return of some of the senior players sidelined through injury which includes skipper Ron Vlaar, strikers Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent and winger Charles N'Zogbia. But Lambert still sees young and hungry players as the main route to go down and believes long term they will reap the benefits of their current experiences.
Daily Star: Michael Laudrup reckons Aston Villa are a warning to the rest of the Premier League about how quickly things can turn sour. Swansea host a Villa side today who are going through a horror run of three heavy defeats where they have conceded 15 goals and scored none. Before that the Midlands outfit had just beaten Liverpool 3-1 at Anfield and reached the Capital One Cup semi-final with a 4-1 win at Norwich. But while Swansea boss Laudrup has some sympathy for Paul Lambert's men - he has vowed to make sure the Swans show them no mercy.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.
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